Charles Spurgeon and Roman Catholicism


Geese in their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism by Charles Haddon51B99R4VQEL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Spurgeon

Edited by Timothy F. Kauffman

White Horse Publications, 1997, 206 pages

English Baptist Pastor, Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), was known as the “Prince of the Preachers” for his eloquent and often fiery oratory. In this volume, Timothy F. Kauffman has collected some of Spurgeon’s uncompromising views on Roman Catholicism and the pro-Romanist faction of the Anglican church (aka the Oxford Movement). Spurgeon’s nineteenth-century grandiloquent prose is far from breezy reading but the material is well worth the effort.

Where are the Spurgeons of today to warn Evangelicals of accommodation with ritualism, legalism, and the gospel of merit? In stark contrast, several of today’s Evangelical leaders stumble over each other in their determined efforts to embrace Rome in the interest of ecumenical “Christian” unity. If Spurgeon were with us today he would be roundly criticized as being uncharitable and ungracious. Yet…

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7 responses to “Charles Spurgeon and Roman Catholicism

    • Yes, and also Protestants and Evangelicals and most Baptists are either participating in the RCC Eucharist or seeing nothing wrong with it as they once did. I even heard one pastor say that non-Catholics have had it wrong about their Communion all along! It was implied that the RCC had it correct! 😕


  1. Evangelical Churchmen, lovers of the Lord Jesus, how long will you remain in alliance with the defilements of High Churchism? You are mainly responsible for all the Popery of your Church, for you are its salt and its stay. Your brethren in Christ cannot but wonder how it is that you can remain where you are. You know better. You are children of light, and yet you aid and abet a system by which darkness is scattered all over the land. Beware, lest you be found in union with Antichrist, when the Lord cometh in his glory. What a future would be yours if you would shake yourselves from your alliance with Papists and semi-Papists. Come out for Christ’s sake. Be ye separate, touch not the unclean thing!

    C. H. Spurgeon

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  2. An interesting read:
    FTA: Spurgeon had two goals then. One was to build up the body of Christ, and the other was to defend from outside attacks. If Spurgeon’s trowel was drawn for the purpose of sculpting the members of his flock into mature Christian men and women, his sword was drawn for the purpose of protecting them from outside marauders who seek to steal and destroy. Much of the time, his sword was pointed squarely at Rome.

    In Spurgeon’s writings, we see the anguish of a pastor who had lost sheep to Rome’s advances. We see a preacher with absolutely no fear of the Establishment, and no concern for offense by the preaching of the Gospel. God will save whom He will, and that through the preaching of the Word. We see in Spurgeon a man who knew he would be held to account for the position in which God had placed him; so, like we see in Paul’s tears at Miletus, we also see in Spurgeon a drive to make sure that he “kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house” (Acts 20:20). Spurgeon knew that exposing Rome was an important part of what was profitable to his flock’s well being.

    There are, of course, some who will say that Spurgeon lived in a different time, a time when anti-Romanism was fashionable, and that with all of today’s social concerns, even Spurgeon might be driven to reconsider his position. But Spurgeon knew that there was only one true social issue of which all the rest were merely a subset: the depravity of man. The question which Spurgeon knew to ask–and we wish that Christian’s today would ask it–was, “What is the solution to man’s total depravity?” The answer, of course, is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Spurgeon knew well enough that Rome did not have it. If Rome could not save the souls of men, then she could not save humanity from the effects of its own depraved nature.

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